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Review: ‘The Chaos of Stars’ by Kiersten White

I received this book for free from Edelweiss, requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘The Chaos of Stars’ by Kiersten WhiteThe Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White
Published by HarperCollins, HarperTeen on September 10th, 2013
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Mythology, Young Adult
Pages: 277
Format: Paperback
Source: Edelweiss, requested from publisher
two-stars
Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of Paranormalcy, is back with The Chaos of Stars—an enchanting novel set in Egypt and San Diego that captures the magic of first love and the eternally complicated truth about family.

Isadora's family is seriously screwed up—which comes with the territory when you're the human daughter of the ancient Egyptian gods Isis and Osiris. Isadora is tired of living with crazy relatives who think she's only worthy of a passing glance—so when she gets the chance to move to California with her brother, she jumps on it. But her new life comes with plenty of its own dramatic—and dangerous—complications . . . and Isadora quickly learns there's no such thing as a clean break from family.

Blending Ally Carter's humor and the romance of Cynthia Hand'sUnearthly, The Chaos of Stars takes readers on an unforgettable journey halfway across the world and back, and proves there's no place like home.

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review

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I was expecting this huge mythological retelling of one of the Egyptian Gods of Goddesses, but it was set in modern times with our main character hiding her true identity from the world. Now I’m not very well versed in Egyptian mythology (except for Anubis) and I was psyched to read all about it. There was a bit of history and some stories being told but it wasn’t all there. I felt like I was reading a contemporary mystery instead. And that mystery didn’t start until the middle of the book. And if you know me, I get very bored with story lines being really slow.

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Wasn’t a big fan of the romantic love that started too quickly and spiraled out of control. I had no idea why they were so interested in each other, and it felt too unrealistic. Unless you fall in love at first sight that is. Isadora is a likable character don’t get me wrong, I just thought that her focusing on her relationships shouldn’t have been the main priority. I did like that she wanted to make a name for herself with the exhibition that she was hosting. Though I did want her entire focus on that and not boys. Maybe that’s just me being weird, but I did want more action to happen? It was boring at times, and I felt myself wanting to stop. I eventually forced myself to finish it, and it got better at the end. Even though the mystery wasn’t that big of a reveal.

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Overall, I would skip this one unless you love romances as your main focus. There were hardly any mythology aspects at all, and that’s probably the main reason I picked this up in the first place.


reading progress

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quotes

If you always let yourself love others, you’ll get back more than you give. (14)
Parenthood is selfish. There’s no reason to bring a child into the world other than you want one for your own self-centered reasons. (49)
He’s like furniture or something. Really pretty furniture, but still. (93)
You poor handsome thing. If only you were ugly, then girls wouldn’t have to throw themselves at you all the time. I could break your perfect nose for you, if it’d make your life easier. (113)
If you ask me, love is what makes everything worth it. Otherwise what’s the point of anything? (121)
I can be whole without depending on someone else, thank you very much. (136)
I can’t set myself up for loss. I can’t want something that can never be lasting or real. (157)
I used to think I was part of something that would last forever, you know? And it didn’t. And I don’t want anything less than forever, because it feels so empty. I don’t ever want to be used again. (161)
It’s possible to recognize attractiveness without being attracted. (175)
I get that you’re scared and that you’ve been hurt. But doing what is easy and safe is no way to live, and a life without passion and love is so far beneath what you deserve. (192)

rating

2/5

two-stars

6 Comments

  1. Karen CastroKaren

    November 19, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    Very good review, I have seen this on BookOutlet I think, I loved the cover, and by the title it sound very intriguing but now that I read this I don’t know if I will like it. And I get you when you say that “I get very bored with story lines being really slow.” I UNDERSTAND YOU SISTER! jajaa

  2. Ashley

    November 14, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    I picked this up after I saw the author on twitter interacting with other authors I like. Also, like you, I thought the mythology sounded really interesting. It was about a year ago, so I don’t remember exactly how far in I made it, I just remember I dreaded picking it up and finally I just quit. I rarely just give up on a book, but I did on this one. I’m glad to see I am not the only person who wasn’t into it.

  3. Cali W.

    November 3, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Good review. I really like Paranormalcy and this book was not as good as that series.

  4. Jaime Lynn

    October 28, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    I tried to read this one, I really did. But I couldn’t get past certain things. I have heard from others, and now you, that the end gets better, but I just don’t know if I have it in me to get there!

  5. Samantha

    October 27, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    I have definitely heard mixed things about this one which it makes it so hard to pick up and read! This may be one I skip out on because many people haven’t really liked it all. I don’t like my books to centered around only around the romance, and for sure not insta-love.

  6. Megan McDade

    October 26, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Thanks for the review I havent heard of this book but from the blurb it sounds like there would be loads of mythology but from you review there doesnt seem to be which is disppointing. I am a sucker for romances and instalove so I probably will check it out just to see how I like it.

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